Teen Girls week was full of firsts -- a new director, a new chapel teacher, a new schedule and new activities! There were a few bugs in the schedule (well, there are always bugs at camp….Ha!) that needed to be worked out in the beginning but with the amazing teamwork of the directors, all things turned out for good.
Monday is usually the busiest and longest day at Teen Girls. After a little cabin time, the campers are thrown into the pool, then they are thrown into the lake, then thrown into showers. Chapel was at 9:30, devotions at 10:15 and lights out at 11:00. You’d think the campers would fall into bed, asleep before they hit the sheets, however, it was their first night in a new place, so it was a while before they finally settled down.
Miss Ellen has been coming from Texas to be our Teen Girls cook for 9 years. On Friday evening before camp she found out she would be making a major shift: head cook to chapel teacher! Ironically, she had never even been to chapel before... She did a great job teaching about the validity of the Bible and how its truths are twisted in today’s society. The girls heard that the TRUTH is JESUS!
New to this year, the campers were able to choose from a variety of skill activities for their morning rotation. For 2 hours they learned canoeing, climbing, theatre, art, dance, yoga/exercise, archery and fishing. Friday morning was the culmination of all their hard work. For canoeing they made an excursion to the Niangua River. The rock wall climbers climbed on actual cliffs near to camp. The fishing crew went to the harbor in Warsaw and caught enough fish to have a fish fry. The archers had a tournament. Paintball was another first time hit for Teen Girls this year.
Also new this year, the camp has the use of a school building which is owned by the Mission. The exercise and theatre groups used it. The athletes ended their week on a ninja warrior course. Our group of budding actresses wrote and developed scenes which were then videotaped. They performed one of the scenes live in chapel Friday night. Our artists put their creations in the annual art show, which is an important part of the Friday night chapel activities.
The banquet Friday night was a true celebration of the girls’ beauty. They are each uniquely and wonderfully made. This year we had ten 16 year olds who said goodbye to being campers but will hopefully become future camp staff. As you can see, Camp CUMCITO gives the opportunity for many new experiences. We are praying that the girls’ lives have been truly changed by the power of the Holy Spirit!